About the program
Bayshore FieldSTEM is a 7th grade FieldSTEM outdoor education program that takes place at our 74-acre Bayshore Preserve in Shelton, WA, and serves nearly 300 students. This program is a collaboration with Shelton School District, Pacific Education Institute, and Puget Sound Estuarium. By using Bayshore Preserve as a teaching tool, students can see real-world connections to school topics like Science, Social Studies, Math, and Language Arts. School topics aren’t the only things developed during field experiences! Being on the land fosters curiosity and relationship building.
Students visit Bayshore Preserve twice in the fall during their 7th grade school year. Students engage in four hands-on lessons about stream and estuary ecology while experiencing local conservation and restoration efforts. The lessons are designed to support classroom lessons and align with Next Generation Science Standards.
Students learning on the land using microscopes, exploring restoration areas and the Johns Creek ecosystem, Bruce Livingston
Volunteer with us
Be part of our dedicated team of community volunteers! Volunteering with this program involves attending a required 5-hour field training, and we ask that our volunteers sign up for at least one field experience. On field days, volunteers lead ecology lessons and encourage curiosity to a small group of students. Field experiences are a 4–8-hour commitment.
All volunteers are required to complete and submit a signed Background Check Authorization Form and liability waiver. Click here to review the Education Volunteer Position Description. Email documents to Mary firstname.lastname@example.org or bring with you to the volunteer training.
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Quotable moments – Students
“I liked testing the saltwater because it was fun to figure out how much salt there was in different areas of the salt marsh.”
“I will remind myself of the beauty of this world. It really is a beautiful thing if you think about it.”
“Now I know what plants and animals need to survive so I can take care of the Earth.”
Quotable moments – Teachers
“One year, a quiet student who was reluctant to share her ideas in class found her voice outside. During the field experience she felt right at home as camping and nature had always been a huge part of her life. She asked questions to presenters, took serious notes, helped other students who didn’t quite understand what to do and provided great feedback to presenters. Other students commented on how she suddenly stood out as someone who really knew her science. When we returned to the classroom for data analysis from the trip, she led a group discussion and added insight to the observations.” –Michael Burlette, 7th grade science teacher at Oakland Bay Jr High
Quotable moments – Volunteers
Photos by Bruce Livingston
“My favorite moment was watching a class of rowdy 7th graders become absolutely silent and totally engaged with a Red Bellied Sapsucker working over the old apple tree on the vegetation walk. We’ve got to get that sapsucker on the payroll.” –Bill
“I remember the enthusiasm of three or four girls looking through one of the stream life tubs, catching all the tiny mayfly naiads. Most of the students looking through this and other tubs would find at most about 5. They found over 25!” –Bob
“I was so impressed with the quality and generosity of the station leaders who were not only teaching all of us, volunteers and students, about what we were observing, but modeling the relentless, and happy, pursuit of knowledge.” –Judy
In the news
Pacific Education Institute, Outdoor Learning in Shelton: A Surge of Hope
iFIBER ONE News, Shelton students learn outside in ‘living classroom’
FieldSTEM is a registered trademark and program of the Pacific Education Institute www.pacificeducationinstitute.org.